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Photo Essay (100 points):

Due Date _________


The goal of this assignment is to create a photo essay that evokes the reader to think about the
environment and the world around them. You will be taking quotes from Walden, The Lorax,
Feed, and Chasing Ice to add complexity to some of the images that you use in your essay.
Your essay should make a statement that relates to both books that you have read. Though you
are not writing a traditional paper you need to follow the writing process and brainstorm, draft
and edit. The challenge will be to convey your argument through appropriate images. Your essay
should be organized with an introduction, body and conclusion, a clear focus, and use of quotes,
images and music (optional). Upon completion of the photo essay you will need to write a one
page reflection paper discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using photos to write an
essay, what you found easiest and most difficult, and what you learned about the writing process
while using photos instead of words.
Specifics
1. Your photo essay should relate to:
a. The environment around you, the greater world or a specific event or thing
b. A topic of interest
c. Walden
d. Your book club book
2. 20 photographs minimum
a. 5 Photographs must be taken on your own
3. 6 quotes from your texts (no more than 10, this is a photo essay)
4. Minimum of 12 slides, photos and quotes can and should be combined but combinations
of multiple pictures should be chosen carefully
5. Music is optional but is a great tool to add depth to your essay
6. All photo essays must be submitted to the class website before class on the day it is due
Process
1. Brainstorm (does not need to be typed)
a. Think of a topic of interest that relates and connects to Walden, The Lorax, Feed,
and Chasing Ice
2. Draft a thesis (submit on blog)
a. This will help guide what you want to say in your photo essay with the pictures
that you choose
3. Collect 20 quotes from your source texts (submit on blog)
a. 10 each
b. This will allow you to have more flexibility when you are pairing images with
texts
4. Collect images for your photo essay.
a. Take time to find images that say what it is you want to say

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b. Find images online as well as take some of your own, the more personal the
images are the more powerful your essay can be
Storyboard your photo essay
a. Think about how you want to sequence your images
b. What does one image convey before or after an image?
c. What images need supporting quotes?
d. Think about time spent viewing each image, do some need more time to be
viewed than others?
Draft
a. You will bring a draft of your photo essay on ____________ to share with a
partner and receive feedback to make adjustments and edits
b. Take notes on what you should keep, add or delete
Revise
a. Make adjustments to your first draft: lengthen or shorten time for specific images,
add or remove quotes, include music, etc.
Edit
a. Make sure that your photo essay is functional to play to the length you have
selected (if you are using PowerPoint make sure that all your slides are timed
properly)
b. Make sure that your music if included plays
c. Make sure that all your quotes are error free
Publish
a. Post your photo essay and additional writing (see below) on class website

10. Write a note from the author (typed and submitted electronically)
a. You need to write out how the images are related and support your thesis
b. Demonstrate that you have critically thought about the sequence of images in
relation to your topic
11. Write a reflection paper
a. Write a two page single spaced reflection paper. 12pt font and1 inch margins;
please do not mess with the margins as it will stand out from the rest and will not
go unnoticed.
b. This paper will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using photos to
write an essay, what you found easiest and most difficult, and what you learned
about the writing process while using photos instead of words

Assessment:
You will be graded on based on 3 criteria: drafting, connection to material and presentation of
your photo essay. You will also have a 5% stake in what you would like to be graded on.
Drafting:
Thesis (published on blog)
Collection of quotes (published on blog)
Full draft to edit with peers

_____5
_____20
_____10

Connection to materials:
Relevance of pictures to quotes
Use of multiple sources

_____10
_____5

Presentation:
Meets all required sources (pictures and quotes)
Well-crafted essay including a beginning middle and end
Inclusion of synthesized authors note
Detailed explanation of photo essay in reflection paper

_____10
_____10
_____10
_____20

Student Choice__________________________________

_____5
______100

Colorado Academic Standards Addressed


Reading
1. Style, detail, expressive language, and genre create a well-crafted statement directed at an
intended audience and purpose
b. Describe and contrast characteristics of specific literary movements and
perspectives
c. Evaluate the influence of historical context on the form, style, and point of view
of a written work
d. Analyze and relate a literary work to source documents of its literary period or to
critical perspectives
2. Ideas, evidence, structure, and style create persuasive, academic, and technical texts for
particular audiences and specific purposes
f. Explain and interpret the visual components supporting the text (maps, complex
tables and diagrams, and transitional devices, such as use of white space)
Writing
1. Style, detail, expressive language, and genre create a well-crafted statement directed at an
intended audience and purpose
d. Manipulate elements of style, imagery, tone, and point of view to appeal to the
senses and emotions of the reader
e. Critique own writing and the writing of others from the perspective of the
intended audience to guide revisions, improve voice and style (word choice,
sentence variety, figurative language) and achieve intended purpose and effect
2. Ideas, evidence, structure, and style create persuasive, academic, and technical texts for
particular audiences and specific purposes
c. Address audience needs and anticipate audience questions or misunderstandings
d. Select and build context for language appropriate to content (technical, formal)
e. Control and enhance the flow of ideas through transitional words or phrases
appropriate to text structure
f. Support judgments with substantial evidence and purposeful elaboration
g. Draw a conclusion by synthesizing information
h. Revise writing using feedback to maximize effect on audience and to calibrate
purpose. Follow the conventions of standard English to write varied, strong,
correct, complete sentences
3. Standard English conventions effectively communicate to targeted audiences and
purposes
b. Seek and use an appropriate style guide to govern conventions for a particular
audience and purpose
c. Seek and use an appropriate style guide to govern conventions for a particular
audience and purpose
Research and Reasoning
1. Independent research designs articulate and defend information, conclusions, and
solutions that address specific contexts and purposes

e. Critique and defend evidence relative to its use to address a particular context and
purpose
Oral Expression and Listening
1. Effective speaking in formal and informal settings requires appropriate use of methods
and audience awareness
a. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and
distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning,
alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization,
development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a
range of formal and informal tasks. (CCSS: SL.11-12.4)
b. Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and
interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings,
reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. (CCSS: SL.11-12.5)
c. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of
formal English when indicated or appropriate. (CCSS: SL.11-12.6)
d. Identify a central idea or thesis, organize ideas, and develop a speech for an
intended purpose and audience